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AHPCC is available for research and instructional use to faculty and students of any Arkansas university and their research collaborators. Basic services are free.

  • users If you have an UArk identity/email address, request an AHPCC account using Internal Account Request Form . If you have a faculty member as research leader, put that person's name as the project leader for approval of your account. If you are a faculty member, put your own name as project leader (and approve your own account by the return email). If you are an undergraduate, put your instructor's or advisor's name as project leader.
  • other users If you don't have an UArk identity, use External Account Request Form . If you are part of CASE/Asset III, put your faculty leader or yourself as project leader. Else, please email with a description of your research for AHPCC reporting. You will be sent a name for the project leader field in the form.

Connect to the HPC clusters using an SSH client. Linux and Mac computers have SSH built-in as ssh (terminal connection) and scp (file transfer). On Windows, you may use PuTTY for a simple ready-to-run executable. From the PuTTY website, you will want putty.exe, pscp.exe, possibly psftp.exe, and for graphical connections plink.exe. There is also an installable program sshwinsecureshell-3.2.9.exe with an explorer-like file transfer GUI. You may also install Cygwin for a (large in disk usage) clone of the Linux environment in Windows. SSH is not automatically installed, it is an option that must be selected in Cygwin setup.

Login Hosts

Login hosts are and, which connect to separate clusters and filesystems. Each login host is a load-balancer of 2 or 3 hosts with a single interface to the outside internet. Your hostname reported by the system after logging in will be similar to razor-l2 or tres-l1. To log in using ssh and your choice of cluster and UArk or AHPCC-assigned loginname:

  • login to Trestles
    ssh -l loginname
  • login to Razor
    ssh -l loginname

and the system will prompt for your password. PuTTY and SSH have GUIs in which to enter the host name, the login name, and the password.

  • UArk (internal) users For everyone that has a UArk identity or email address, your password is your UArk password. AHPCC doesn't know it, can't access it, and won't ask for it. The login host does not keep your password but gets a yes/no decision from an UITS server. Three failed logins in succession will lock your account for 15 minutes. Use UITS facilities such as or HelpDesk to change password.
  • non-UArk (external) users When your account is created you are assigned a randomly generated password. To change the password please use the passwd-ahpcc command on razor-l1, razor-l2 or razor-l3 login nodes. This command will change your password on for all AHPCC clusters.
    razor-l3:user-ext1:$ passwd-ahpcc 
    You have a non-UAF account (external user account)
    Changing password for user user-ext1.
    Changing password for user-ext1.
    (current) UNIX password: 
    New password: 
    Retype new password: 
    passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.
    Propagating to other nodes...

No passwords will be requested by AHPCC staff at all, and none will be sent by email.

Moving Data

Usually you will want to copy in some data files to the cluster to run a job, and copy back results after the job runs. SCP is a file transfer implementation built on SSH and is scp in Linux/Mac/Cygwin and pscp in PuTTY. To copy program.c from your workstation to your cluster home area (note that if you are using PuTTY these next few items are done from your computer's command line, not in PuTTY. See the moving data page for more info):

scp program.c

To copy an entire directory tree src using SCP, use -r for recursive:

scp -r src

In SCP, a string containing : is a remote destination. Just reverse remote and local destination to bring a file back from the cluster. If you don't specify a full path for the local destination, use ./ for the current local directory:

scp -r ./

SFTP is an implementation of the FTP command set over SSH. Use sftp in Linux/Mac/Cygwin and psftp in PuTTY:


RSYNC is built on top of PSCP and has advantages like preserving modification times and checking to see that the files actually show up at the destination. RSYNC is available on Linux/Mac/Cygwin but is not part of PuTTY or SSH. cwRsync is one free version for Windows. RSYNC is most useful for copying or updating entire directory trees.

rsync -av src

Very large data files should be sent to/from if on-campus or if off-campus, since these nodes have faster network connections and faster connections to parallel storage.

getting_started.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/12 21:15 by wlfarris